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Brilliant run from Chloe Kim.
Glorious slalom skiing.
It is all
gold for Nielsen tonight.
It's a glorious night for
Canada pars-mac night.
Day four proved to be very dramatic
indeed and Day five, we are
expecting more of the same from the
Winter Olympics hearing PyeongChang.
After Chloe Kim claimed gold for
America in the women's halfpipe
yesterday, we will see how the men
get on the day. Can Sean Whyte
reclaim his -- can Shaun White
reclaim his gold medal? But first,
it is the pairs figure skating.
When it comes to the pairs, I think
this will be the most opening this
Olympics. The Chinese, the world
champions, they'll probably
favourites for the gold and what a
story they had. She had her ankles
rebuilt before they came back to win
the World Championship last year.
They were put together aged ten and
12 for this Olympics. They have to
be favourites. Although quite
uncommonly, one of them fell in the
Grand Prix final and made a mistake,
which is something other of them has
ever done. For me, they are the
favourites, and exquisite and
brilliant. But then you have got the
European champions who are coming
here with something to prove.
Russians have dominated pairs
skating for so many years, it will
be down to them to take a medal.
What colour? We will wait to see.
And then you have got the Canadians
who have been on podiums, nowhere
near, on the podium, nowhere near.
They are back on form and this will
be their last season. But then we
have got Aliona Savchenko and Bruno
Massot. He has gone through
everything he needed to do to go
from being French to German to be in
the Olympics for them, made it just
in time, only just got his passport,
they decided not to compete in the
Europeans say they had time to
prepare for the Olympics. Where will
they fit into the competition? It
will be very open. There are four if
not five teams of delivering medal
Five teams, three
medals. It will be very tight. And
we will see the North Koreans. They
have created a huge stir every time
they step onto the ice. They are
really winning people over. And
great to see North Korean athletes.
But let's make it clear, they are
not just stepping out of North Korea
for the first time. These are global
athletes, aren't they?
are. They came into the global
skating is seen at a level already.
What surprised most of us was the
quality of the skating. Where had
they learned that? They were
beautiful. They are top 15 in the
world, they will be top ten
eventually. These two are beautiful
skaters, often level and they will
be stepping onto that I is now in
the first Olympics representing
North Korea thing, this is who we
are, this is how we perform and we
do deserve to be head, because they
fit in very nicely.
It will be
really competitive. This is a really
good one to watch. I am looking
forward to this one.
And a historic moment as the pair
from North Korea skate out onto the
eyes here in South Korea. There was
a time when we didn't know whether
these guys would be here because
North Korea missed the deadline to
take up their entry but they were
granted a place. And here they are.
The first element, the triple twist.
Side by side triple toe loops. Yes.
Throw triple loop.
Perfect footwork through the left,
change of direction midway as well.
Taking their moment of history in
their stride. Don't forget though,
this isn't the first time the world
has seen these skaters. They are
global athletes, they travel the
world. Some of these guys perhaps do
not. You can say what you like about
the Korean cheerleaders and what
they represent, the fact that they
are here is remarkable in itself.
They were so light and airy when
they performed back. I love to watch
them. There was a question as to
whether they would qualify for the
free. I think this performance has
And there's a
massive new season 's best. 65.25
their previous. 69.40 and
appreciation all around the stadium
from North and South Korean
sunlight. -- South Koreans alike. So
these are the Chinese national
champions. A beautiful short
programme to Swan Lake. It looks
like a ballet on ice. I think you
will enjoy this one. They only
teamed up last season.
But Zhang Hao, his fifth Olympics.
Beautiful side by side triple toe
The Chinese are known for their
jumps. Beautiful throw triple loop.
They perform it's a beautifully,
don't they? Physically, they are
such a mismatch but it all comes
together on the ice.
Well, he has
incredible experience. He's a
multiple world medallist and he was
Olympic silver medallist in 2006
with his previous partner. So the
Chinese are known for their throw
jumps and the speed across the ice.
It's the smoothness of that speed
that really sets them apart, too.
Pretty handy then from the Chinese.
They take the lead with a new season
's best, as well. This is our first
look at the reigning world
champions. We haven't seen them yet
on the Olympic ice hearing
PyeongChang. They didn't feature for
China in the team event, the Chinese
perhaps keeping their powder dry.
What a story, what a comeback for
them to win the last World
Championships in 2017. A terrible
injury meant she had double surgery
on both feet and had to learn to
Triple toe loops to open.
Watch the size of this throw triple
flip. Absolutely glorious.
The triple twist.
And that is why they are the world
champions! She if I school. She is
known among her fans as the Empress.
-- she is ice cool.
I have goose
bumps up my neck. First because kd
lang's version of Hallelujah is my
I was talking about the
surgery she had on her seat.
Remarkably, she learned to walk
again, she learned to skate again.
They won the World Championship in
2017, just a few months later. They
had problems as well with injury
which means we have not seen them
that much on the ice but they are
back. It is another season's best.
The world champions leap to the top
of the board.
So Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
have already won a gold at this
Olympics. They won the team
competition over the last few days
but this is it. It is all about what
they can do individually. Meagan
took to Twitter earlier to say she
dropped her phone in a non-flushed
toilet. Let's hope that was not an
omen for today's performance.
Triple twist. Their jump of choice,
side by side triple Lutzes. The
hardest in the pairs event. It is
their second element.
They made them happen but they were
not the prettiest or the cleanest,
but they were there.
A touchdown there from Meagan on the
landing. A little tension.
Well, the stakes are so high for
these two at these games. Since the
last Olympics they have 12-macro
titles and they are gunning for
their first here in South Korea. You
could see the tension creeping into
Certainly since the
performance they did at the team
event, this was not as clean.
event, this was not as clean.
are a couple of points off their
season's best. They are up to
second. The world champions from
China lead the way. An exquisite
performance from them.
Aliona and Bruno. Two time world
medallists. Aliona won bronze at the
last two Olympics. She is paired up
with Bruno Massot who only just got
his passport in time to make it to
compete! This is a really fun
The height on the twist.
Oh, Bruno. Just a cell code.
-- just a double.
She has got the throw on one foot.
And he has a habit of touching down
or landing on two feet.
Personality and bizarre is by the
bagful from the Germans. But you can
see the disappointment on Bruno's
face instantly. He just missed that
Such a costly error. There is
no question that they will qualify.
They will want to be in a medal
They will get just one
point four that double salchow as
opposed to five or six points they
could have got if he had done the
triple. So it is going to be costly.
76.5 nine. It is way down on their
season's best. They are in third
place so bronze medal position going
through to the free skate tomorrow.
There is one couple left to come.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia
took home the silver from the World
Championships. These two really
catapulted them up into the mix with
this routine. They are the newly
crowned European champions and world
Exquisite triple twist. Light. Great
flight across the ice and beautiful
control. Can they do the same on the
side by side triple toe loops? Yes,
The throw triple loop. Beautiful
The European champions faultless
That was quite the
performance. For me, this was better
than the short programme they did in
the European competition. They
looked so calm and relaxed and yet
you know that has to be tension for
these elements to work properly.
Writes them, where did they end up?
The European champions have not
quite done enough to knock the
Chinese world champions from their
perch. Let's have a look at the
standings going into tomorrow's free
skate. The Chinese pair looking to
add the Olympic title to their world
crown. Then we have Evgenia Tarasova
and man-macro in second with Meagan
de Hamel and Eric Radford hunting
for a second medal of these games
after getting gold in the team
event. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno
Massot will need excellence tomorrow
to keep their medal hopes alive but
they are not far behind the
Canadians. So, the short element of
the pairs competition is done. Now
it is the next heat. It was good to
see the Chinese pair back at their
Fantastic to see them back and what
they did was set it up so that
everyone who followed them had to be
perfect, and for the most part they
were. Fantastic skate from the
Russians who won the European
Championships. Had a great skate in
the team event, where even better
this afternoon but just not quite up
to the Chinese standard. But they
have set up to a good battle for
silver and gold. But with the German
pair, Bruno stumbling, it makes the
bronze medal more interesting.
have got the German pair just less
than a point behind the Canadians in
bronze and a host of others who
could push up in the free skating
Yes, the points are not
great between first and third, less
than two points between first and
third. No one can afford to make any
mistakes tomorrow. They will need to
be technically perfect tomorrow and
it will be a great competition.
really will be. To recap, the
Chinese world champions are out in
front. The Olympic Athletes from
Russia are currently in silver medal
position and then it is a bunfight
And we will have highlights of the
pairs free skate tomorrow right here
on BBC Four to find out who can
claim that gold medal. Well, after
Chloe Kim's incredible performance
in the women's snowboard halfpipe
yesterday, America were hoping for a
second gold in the men's event.
Shaun White was the Nara favourite
going in but it wasn't going to be
easy after a tough few years for the
2010 champion, as Ed Lee explains.
There is no doubting Shaun White is
the most famous snowboarder on the
planet, having dominated his sport
for over a decade, earning himself
millions of dollars in the process.
After picking up his first Olympic
gold in 2006, his arsenal of tricks
put him head and shoulders above the
He's about to Tomahawk. Here
we go. Has he got it? Yes he has!
What Beaver Marley. But four years
ago at the games in Sochi, the Shaun
White we had become accustomed to
didn't turn up to the party.
White has missed out on a medal.
think after Sochi, it was a nice
eye-opener for me of what life is
really like. That bubble you are in
is shattered and it's like, OK, what
do I really want to do and what is
Before, it was all
snowboarding and win, win, win.
Since Sochi, he has had time to look
back and focus on other aspects.
After some time away and when he had
we found his will to win, he set his
side on podiums once again. But in
October last, there was a setback in
his journey. Whilst riding in New
Zealand, he suffered his most severe
crash today. A helicopter took him
from pipe to hospital bed. He was
left with 62 stitches in his face.
It wasn't just the physical wounds
that needed time to heal.
really kind of three mere loop. I
wasn't ready for it and all of a
sudden I'm in the hospital, do I
want this? Am I ready for this? I
set my goal is to face the fear and
work through the run.
Shaun White style, he was soon back
to wowing the world loves
snowboarding, scoring a perfect 100
at the US Grand Prix in Colorado
which guaranteed him qualification
and installed him as the favourite
for these Winter Olympics. Have we
seen your best run or have you been
saving something for the Olympics?
don't think you've seen my best run.
Actually, I know. But I definitely
have a couple of things in mind that
I've been working on that I'd like
to iron out and here is the time to
basically do it and try to put them
in my run.
It was all set up for a
classic at Phoenix Snow Park.
So, Patrick Burgener the lad from
Montana looking very relaxed.
This silver medallist
from the ring is his coach. -- from
durian is his coach. You saw him
duck out of shot.
The first man to
bring a back switch line into a run
solidly. So, kicking things off,
nice and solid.
Now, backside 360. He needs to
up the degree difficulty there. Oh,
backside ten. Switch backside ten.
And then into the big heave Ho. The
hands go up.
He is loving it. One of
the biggest runs I have ever seen
from Pat Bergara. The back-to-back
tens open it up and he has great
amplitude on that.
as well, very, very good.
as well, very, very good.
first big run we have seen landed.
Next up, Chase Josey. They call him
the man in the mirror. His run is a
reflection of himself, forwards and
backwards, his switch riding is
incredible. He is going backwards
now, so play -- pay close attention.
Switch double grab love. Switch
double Michael Chuck. The switch
frontside 1080. A frontside 900. And
the double Michael Chuck. The only
thing you were missing bad to make
that a frontside nine instead of the
double grab love.
I'm going to play
devils advocate here. He needs more
rotation on these hits. We will see
it from the boys later on.
five. I've got to say it, the judges
had put themselves in a difficult
position already. We are pushing the
Scotty James. So much has
been said about this man. He
certainly looks relaxed. A smile on
his face. Look at him. He's enjoying
every minute of this.
every minute of this. So, the
classic run is 12 to 12. Frontside
1260. Oh, my goodness. Verities.
So, back-to-back 12
Frontside 900. A huge
crippler air. Now, switch backside.
1260. There it is! He has done it.
What a run to lay down first go.
That is ridiculous. Yes,
back-to-back 12 60s.
back-to-back 12 60s. 92. So, Scotty
James moves into first place and
Shaun White knows that the heat is
on already. It's only first runs,
ladies and gentlemen, and Shaun
White have had a little nudge from
You can see he has his
eyes closed, taking a view deep
breaths. A quick slap and clap with
his coach at the top there.
where Shaun White comes in to
resign. He is brilliant under
pressure. -- comes into his own. Oh
my goodness, it was absolutely
massive into Switch 1080. The
skyhook, may lost a tiny bit of
space in the butter. He needs to
hold this, which he does! How did he
hold onto that? Frontside 12 and he
had to tuck his head in. It's like
he was landing in the power of the
wave. He's lost his helmet into the
crowd. He looks like he's been
electrocuted! What are they doing?
It's like it is the third run the
way they are behaving. I need that
back, he said. Yes, you do, Shaun.
It's not over yet. We know if he
gets pushed, that will be a 14 14.
94.2 five. Shaun White is claiming
it but this is not third and final
runs, we are finishing up only their
first run here at the men's halfpipe
final here in Phoenix Park. Let's
take a look at the scores:
Let's take a look at the
Raibu Katayama is the only other
ride in there with a 14.
ride in there with a 14. Jake Pates,
currently in seven.
Fell on the last
double court 1260. So, if you put
that down, he should see a hike in
Stretching out his
hamstrings and a little oddly.
Powers into that double Michael
Chuck. Really nice, that. So high at
No one else rotates
like him, do they?
like him, do they?
OK, the front
nine. A bit flat. Backside 1260.
He landed that
I really liked that run.
It was a really nice run. It felt
solid. For me, amplitude might be
the issue. On the biggest spins,
when you look at them, are they
busy? Jake Pates moves into sixth
place just behind Patrick Burgener.
Next rider in, Ayumu Hirano. We are
into the final three riders and
these are the men vying for gold.
Oh, stratospheric backside air from
him. Frontside 14. Has he got the
speed for the switch 14? Yes he has.
Back-to-back 1414. Is this going to
be a backside 1260?
It is! He makes
it look easy. You knew he would land
it from the minute he took off.
Ladies and gentlemen, the heat is
on. It is on the street. Look at the
Japanese coaches. They deserve that
after Yuto Totsuka going down, they
needed some good news, and Ayumu
Hirano has landed the biggest run
there is in halfpipe snowboarding
right now. Enormous backside air.
Look at this. Five and a half metres
into the bad side --. Frontside at
Look at the composure. The grab
is held for ever. It enables him to
spin as much as he does.
is into the biggest Olympic fight of
his career. He has never been put
under this pressure. Back-to-back 14
is and then following it up with
backside 12 60s.
He has got so much
time the spins aren't rushed.
then there's final 1260, he has
still got the amplitude that even
though it's his last hit on the
pipe. That is a run which would give
the scientists + a headache.
that run, to not lose his
that run, to not lose his head, 95.2
five. We have talked long and hard
about whether judges would have to
go. Ayumu Hirano moves into first
I am just ripping this script
up here, Ed. That is gone.
knew this was going to happen. We
knew it would be close. Shaun White
has dominated halfpipe Riding for
the last 12 years and now there are
two men pushing him hard. We have
seen one of them dropped, this is
the second. Scotty James, the
Australian, who won so many of the
big major halfpipe contests in 2017.
He was furious when he lost out to
Shaun White in Snowmass three weeks
ago. He landed the best run of his
life and Shaun White scored a
perfect 100 to steal his glory. Can
he redeem himself here?
1260. Into backside 1260. That is
the best one he has ever done of
I'm holding my breath. Switch
backside 1260 with a hand down. He
is trying to claim it at the end
A switch backside 1260. The
biggest trick in snowboarding right
now and that is why. It is hard, it
I would love to see that score
broken down trick by trick. I think
he was on target there certainly for
a mid-90s school.
He is still in
Ayumu Hirano tops the
leaderboard, Shaun White is in
second place. That is not a number
we are used to seeing next to Shaun
White's name at the Olympics. This
is a man who was so used to being
given the luxury of a victory lap.
Now he is in the fight of his life
for his third Olympic gold medal.
Winds up into a huge frontside 1440.
Will we see the 14 here? It is low.
Yes. Oh, he puts it down but he has
lost all of his momentum into the
540. The Tomahawk is there.
is not fair.
The first run helmet throw feels a
very long way away the Shaun Wright
right now. -- Shaun White. He is in
very uncharted territory. All change
at the top. Ayumu Hirano is in gold
medal position. Shaun White in
silver and Scotty James in bronze.
silver and Scotty James in bronze. I
would love to see Patrick Burgener
land this run.
Me to. There is a man
enjoying his snowboarding. He has
ditched the jacket. He has gone for
bindings down. Halfpipe riding is
about aerial ability, but it is all
based, the foundation is in board
control and edge control. That is
what gives you your power to launch
tricks like that.
tricks like that. Back-to-back tens.
That was very tidy. Huge backside
360. Go on, Pat! It is looking
really good this run, oh, my
Switchback 362 Switch
double Michael Chuck. That is a
A huge run from Patrick
Burgener and it is the second helm
toss we have seen and it is just as
justifiable. Look at the height on
that! He landed right at the top of
the transition there and he is
pretty much the same height, the
height is a really good consistency
in this run. He grabbed the whole
Scotty James is in bronze
medal position. Patrick Burgener
fourth-place. He needed a 92 to beat
Scotty James, magnanimous in that
fourth place. Raibu Katayama, he is
sat in sixth place.
He needs to
Huge backside air to start things
Just tagged the landing a
little bit. Into the backside 1260.
Keep your speed up here, come on!
Huge front 12. He dipped a little
bit. The amplitude dipped in the
middle and maybe the technicality
with the 900 in there but he got six
hits. Ayumu only has five hits. I
think Shaun only has five hits. So
the lower amplitude giving Raibu
Katayama more hits in the pipe. But
that is one of the most important
things to understand in halfpipe
riding and that is why amplitude
given so much wait. If you did not
the amplitude, they dislike the
multiplier on your score.
87 as we
thought. Sixth place.
Ben Ferguson. His halfpipe run is
unlike anyone else's. It's not about
the numbers, it is not about the big
spins, it is about linking creative
insanely difficult tricks and adding
a little bit of flair like that
backside grab. Big clean air to
fakie to kick-off.
Otherwise he would have landed on
his back. Come on, Ben Ferguson.
Huge backside 360. The biggest
Switch McTwist we have seen. The
smoothest double alley-oop. But was
beautiful. That was the best run I
have seen from him. That was so
good. Everyone is giving us their
He doesn't have the big
tricks we have seen from the other
riders but what it has is the
amplitude, the creativity, the
variety. 90.75, a very well-deserved
fourth-place. Should it have pushed
a little bit higher? The Japanese
rider Ayumu Hirano currently in gold
medal position. He just landed the
biggest run in halfpipe snowboard,
can he better it?
can he better it?
which the guys are wearing those
ganbare which means do your best.
He has to go for the ten.
It is not
He has gone on the front 12,
he has cracked.
It doesn't matter.
We said it before, is there anywhere
left to go? He has laid down the
biggest run in halfpipe snowboarding
with enormous backside out. They
were very close to perfect --
backside air. It is a huge wait for
Ayumu Hirano. He sits in gold medal
position but Scotty James and Shaun
White are still to drop.
taking home a medal but what colour
will it be?
Only two men left to
decide that. The Australian coach
talking to the famously competitive
Australian Scotty James. He was
distraught when he lost to Shaun
White in Snow Mass. He has got to
lay down the run of his life now if
he is going to overhaul Ayumu
Hirano. Look at him, he looks
relaxed. There is a wry smile in the
corners of his mouth. Take a deep
breath and hold it.
He doesn't wear
boxing gloves by coincidence. He is
here to do battle and he needs the
run of his life here.
run of his life here.
Backside 1260. Camera, join
us. There it is.
Oh, no! Scotty
James will be the bronze medallist
today. And for the first time in a
long time, it is by his own hand.
Scotty James had the potential with
his biggest run today potentially to
take that. He waves to the crowd. No
shortage of love. I think he can
walk away and say he gave his best.
The fact he has not gone home with a
gold, that may have started three
weeks ago when he lost to Shaun
White after landing his best run and
Shaun scored that perfect 100. So
Scotty James is now a passenger with
a bronze medal watching the fight
for gold. Shaun White, the most
successful halfpipe snowboard of all
time is about to drop in. And he is
in unfamiliar territory. Every time
he has taken the gold it has been
with the luxury of a victory lap.
Now he is under pressure. He needs
95.25 and the run of his life.
Switch 1440. The skyhook. The
fixture of every winning Shaun
Plenty of time for that.
Now, Shaun White, can he?
Oh, my goodness!
It is no
longer about the snowboarding, it is
about the judges. Look at him. The
first time he has landed that run in
competition. Scotty James cannot
believe he has found another gear
and I don't think Ayumu Hirano Khan.
Shaun White might have done it.
Let's wait and see what the scores
It is a backside air.
The difference between them is a
backside air and a frontside for 40.
This could be it, this could be
history. Judges, put the world out
of its misery.
We have the replays
Look at the direction.
His head is looking almost out of
the rotation. He is using every
ounce of his fibre to get these
tricks around. The to grab there,
frowned upon in snowboarding.
testament to the amplitude he has
got that he is not requiring a body
grab to get round. The grab on that.
This is his trademark signature
manoeuvre that he unveiled in
Double McTwist. Two
inverted 540s. And here is the other
1260. Ayumu was using the backside
air. Shaun drew it first hit top of
He has put that big
dangerous trick in. More risk equals
Shaun White polarises
opinion in snowboarding. He has been
the most dedicated competitor. He
has been accused of going... Shaun
White is the gold medallist here in
2018. Say what you want about him,
think what you want about him, Shaun
White has won today. That was an
incredible display of halfpipe
snowboarding and no one can take
that away from him. Look what it
means. He has played it cool. It is
a second silver medal for Ayumu
Hirano, but I don't think he can
have any complaints. It was not a
difficult decision for the judges.
And after a heated season, a
magnanimous handshake from Scotty
James to congratulate the gold
medallist. Today was brilliant.
Simply brilliant. Shaun White, truly
tested for the first time in 12
years. And he has delivered in some
My goodness me, that was
And he has
that on a masterclass here at
Phoenix Park in Bokwang to take the
A clean sweep for
snowboarding here. Congratulations,
just how hard was that final?
tough. My first run was great. I did
the biggest 14 of my life that I
will ever do and that really set the
tone for the rest of the
competition. I was really hoping I
would just go straight into the
first but Ayumu put down an amazing
run. I had to step it up. Then the
last run, the pressure is on. It was
A little word on Ayumu and
Scotty and the standard of riding in
Those guys are
super-talented. We have it out at
the end because there has been this
sort of tension. It is like backlit
out and maybe not the nicest smile
that the top -- battle it out. We
are all fighting for the same thing.
I was really glad to come out on top
today. These guys have pushed me to
get to this point to do these kind
What a final! Congratulations to
Shaun White whose team USA's 100
Olympic gold medallist. Later we
will have the men's downhill and the
women's giant slalom. See you